For the second time, Condé Nast Traveler has named Disney Cruise Line as a finalist in the magazine’s prestigious World Savers Awards. The World Savers Awards honor travel companies for going above and beyond with regards to achievements in environmental and social responsibility in education, environmental and cultural preservation, health, poverty relief and wildlife conservation.
Disney Cruise Line was previously nominated in 2008. Disney was named the runner up in the wildlife conservation category, and honorable mentions in cultural and environment preservation, and education.
According to Disney Line Cruise president, Karl Holz, Disney is honored to be recognized for their efforts stating, “Our cast and crew members have a passion for making a positive impact in the communities we visit around the world. We continue to strive to be a leader in corporate citizenship and this prestigious award celebrates those efforts.”
Disney Cruise Line is focused in giving back to communities around the world, and minimizing environmental impact through efforts focused on utilizing new technologies, increasing fuel efficiency, minimizing waste and supporting conservation worldwide.
For example, when the Disney Wonder is sailing in Alaska, forest rangers are invited onboard to help educate guests on conservation as well as the wildlife they may encounter during the voyage through various presentations and youth centric activities.
Last year alone, the fleet recycled more than 900 tones of glass, plastic, paper, and metal. Instead of purchasing the much needed resource of water, the ships convert the condensation from the air conditioning systems for use in the laundry facilities as well as all the power washing that you see on the decks and exterior of the ships. A unique feature on the Dream class ships are the the winch motors used in the Walt Disney Theatre which harness the power of gravity and generate power for the ship whenever set decorations are lowered. Additionally, Disney utilizes a unique non-toxic hull coating which reduced drag, increase overall fuel efficiency. I wish something like this would work on my car!
At Castaway Cay, researchers are currently engaged in long term project to restore the health of local coral reefs through transplanted long-spined sea urchins which are native the the surrounding waters. In Nassau, Disney recycles 7,000 pounds of used cooking oil each week to power a fleet of Bahamas Waste Management vehicles.
One fact that is not widely publicized is that Disney Cruise Line sponsors summer eco-camps for the local children in the various ports of call. Disney even created an activity book to aid in the environmental education titled Cruisin’ the Big Blue: Discover the Sea Life of the Bahamas. The activity booklet is used by schools and other educational programs throughout the Bahamas and US Virgin Islands.
As part of Disney’s VoluntEARS program, the cast and crew volunteered nearly 4500 hours in the many ports of call ranging from literacy and reading comprehension programs to the creation of large scale murals to bring smiles to children’s faces while in the hospital.
Condé Nast Traveler will announce the winners of the 2013 World Savers Awards in the September issue set to go on sale on August 20th.
UPDATE: The results are in and Disney Cruise Line did not win a World Savers Award or garner a spot as runner up.